November 2019 Messenger
VOLUME 71                                       NOVEMBER 2019                                      NUMBER 11

HOLY COMMUNION IS CELEBRATED EVERY SUNDAY
All Saint's Day, November 3, 2019, is a traditional festival of the Christian Church.  It is a time when believers give testimony to the faith and witness of those who have left the Church Militant (struggling on earth) and have been called into the Church Triumphant (in heaven).  While their lives and souls are not "worshipped," we do pay respect and thank God for their witness and example among us.
 
As we commune at the altar of Bethany Church, we join ranks with the saints of God who have gone before us, bearing testimony to the salvation we all have received through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let it be a time of thanksgiving for all that we have received from God.
 
Shut-ins not receiving Holy Communion should call the Church Office (570-368-8933) to get on the schedule.  
                    
MISSING!!!
MISSING!!!  Pair of black liners for the Altar Vases.  Please return to the Church Office as soon as possible.  Thank you.

ALTAR COMMITTEE AND THOSE WHO SPONSOR ALTAR FLOWERS
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE BLACK LINERS OUT OF THE CHURCH.  THEY STAY WITH THE VASES!!!!! 
If you are taking the altar flowers and they are in the brass vases - put the flowers into a juice can or container found in the Sacristy.

PRAYER IN THE CHAPEL - WEDNESDAYS AT NOON

ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
The Christian Church around the world celebrates ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY.  On this day, we thank God for the lives and witness of all Christians, both living and dead.  We pray God's continued blessing upon His saints militant (those living) as well as the saints triumphant (those who have died) since last All Saints' Day.  We will commend their souls to the Lord's love at our Service November 3.
 
Five members of Bethany Church have entered eternal life during the past year.  We thank God for their lives among us.  May God bless their memory to us.
 
Joanne Bosch                            Shirlee English                          Harold Guinter
Catherene Lowe                        Carl Tallman

HEALING SERVICE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Pastor David will conduct a service of the word for Healing, following the 10:45 am. service Sunday, November 3.  Please join us.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY WILL MEET Tuesday, November 12
The Tuesday Night Bible Study will meet Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 pm. at the home of Ruth Kissell, Williamsport Home. They will continue their study of the Apocrypha.    Bible study members, if you cannot attend, please call Ruth (974-3799).
 
They will also meet Tuesday, November 26, at the Church.  Hostess: Sharon Barnard

BLOODMOBILE - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, November 15, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.  anyone willing to help, or just be present at the blood drive, please let Betty Letscher know (570-322-3685).  This is a great opportunity to make our presence known in the community.  Also, let Betty know if you would like to donate sandwich spreads or money to buy them.

THANKSGIVING MEALS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SHUT-INS
The LaRue Artley Foundation will provide Thanksgiving dinner for shut-ins in the Montoursville School District.  If you know of anyone who would qualify, call the Church Office (368-8933) by noon, November 21.
 
Please check with the shut-in first, so that they are aware a meal is coming at noon and are home.  Include the person's name, address, telephone number, and directions to the house.  NOTE: the Artley Foundation is independent of Bethany Church.  Bethany Church does not provide the dinners or the funds.

HARVEST HOME - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
It's Harvest Home time again.  Time to give thanks for the many blessings God has provided.  You may bring cash or nonperishable items (regular size cans only) to either service that day.  Cash will be sent to Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village and canned goods will be given to the Food Pantry.

TUREEN LUNCH AND GAME DAY - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Mission Committee will sponsor the monthly tureen lunch at noon, November 17, in Sunday Memorial Hall.  Bring a tureen to share and your table service...and a game to play.  There is a sign-up sheet outside the church office, for people to supply the main course.  Please help.

BETHANY'S NURSES WILL BE CHECKING BLOOD PRESSURES
On the last Sunday of each month, our parish nurses will again be checking blood pressures.  Come to the Library after either Service on that day and have your blood pressure checked.

CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Notice is hereby given of the annual Congregation Meeting of Bethany Lutheran Church, Sunday, December 1, at 9:30 am.  Among the items of business will be the election of five Council persons, youth representatives, and approval of the 2020 Ministry Plan.  Every active (has communed and contributed directly to Bethany [not to another charity thru Bethany] in the last year), confirmed member of Bethany is encouraged to attend to help direct the affairs of our congregation.

SETTING UP CRÈCHE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 - 10:30 am.

WOMEN OF BETHANY - MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
The Women of Bethany will meet Monday, December 2, at 1:00 pm.  Julie Griffiths and LaVon Hawley will have devotions and refreshments. The ladies will be packing Christmas Cookies for the Shut-ins.  Please bring Canned Goods for the Food Pantry.  Donations of cookies will be appreciated!
poinsettias for Christmas
If you would like to sponsor a red or white poinsettia this year, please call the Church Office (368-8933).  Please order and pay by Noon, Thursday, December 5.
 
We cannot accept late orders.  Plants may be picked up following the 10:00 pm. service Christmas Eve.  Cost: $ 12.00 for a 5-6 bloom plant.  Please write down the information you want in the bulletin.

THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ENVELOPE MONEY WILL AID NEEDY
Money from the special Thanksgiving and Christmas envelopes that are in your offering boxes will be given to charities to help the needy.  Each holiday time, we use these envelopes to help those less fortunate than we are.  Watch the bulletin for the list of charities that will be designated
 
If you do not want to help these charities, mark your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas envelopes "Regular Fund."

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED TO MEET FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Church Women United will meet Friday, November 1, at 1:30 pm at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St, Williamsport.  The theme for this celebration is: "This is Now! Resolve to Love."  This is the time to bring the $4.00 donation we use to fill the Christmas stockings for the 1,125+ nursing home residents in Lycoming County and we also prepare 50 gift bags for the children who have mothers in the State Correctional Institute at Muncy.  Offering plates will be at each door for two Sunday's for you gift.  The filling of the stockings will be Monday, November 18 at Pine Street United Methodist Church at 9:00 am.  Thanking you in advance for your generosity.

RECENT CHURCH COUNCIL ACTION REPORT
Church Council actions at the October meeting -
Received committee reports: Mission, Property, Worship and Music
Had Second Reading of the 2020 Ministry Plan
Received Pastor's Report

RECONCILIATION OF BETHANY CHURCH FINANCES
Income received through September 30, 2019 (39 Sundays)                       $ 149,574.17
Expenses through September 30, 2019                                                                158,657.30
Balance                                                                                                                       $ - 9,083.13
 
Income received through September 30, 2018 (39 Sundays)                       $ 147,479.94
Expenses through September 30, 2018                                                                160,807.41
Balance                                                                                                                    $ - 13,327.47

THANK YOU FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Many Thanks for the beautiful Altar flowers for our anniversary and to Jean Beard for delivering them.  They helped to make our day a special one.                                                                     -- June and Dave Grube
 
Thank You - We can't tell you enough, our church family, how much we appreciate the goodness you have shown, by the cards, visits, flowers, food, and especially the prayers.  Many, many thanks to you.
                                                                           -- Paul and Evelyn Seaman

BETHANY'S WEB-SITE
www.BethanyNALC.org

CONTACTING PASTOR DAVID
            Pastor's Office hours at the Church: Monday - Thursday  9:00 am. - 4:30 pm.
            Church phone: 570-368-8933                
            Home phone: 570-322-3685
            email:  pastorbethanyNALC@gmail.com
 
 
NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Healing Service - Sunday, November 3 - noon
            Church Council - Monday, November 11 - 7:15 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 12 - 7:00 pm. - Kissell's
            Bloodmobile - Friday, November 15 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm.
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, November 15 - noon
            Mission Committee - Monday, November 18 - 7:15 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, November 19
            Property Committee - Tuesday, November 19 - 7:00 pm.
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, November 20 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, November 25 - 9:00 am.
            Worship and Music Committee - Monday, November 25 - 7:00 pm.
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, November 26 - 7:00 pm. - Church
            Church Office Closed - Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Day

DECEMBER HAPPENINGS
            Annual Congregation Meeting - Sunday, December 1 - 9:30 am.
            Setting up Crèche - Sunday, December 1 - 10:30 am.
            Healing Service - Sunday, December 1 - noon
            Women of Bethany - Monday, December 2 - 1:00 pm. - Packing cookies
            Church Council - Monday, December 9 - 7:15 pm.
            Deadline for Newsletter Items - Tuesday, December 10
            Tuesday Night Bible Study - Tuesday, December 10 - 7:00 pm. - Brown's
            Tureen Lunch / Game Day - Sunday, December 15 - noon
            Spark Plugs - Wednesday, December 18 - 10:00 am. - Perkins'
            Mission Committee - Monday, December 16 - 7:15 pm.
            SCS Christmas Program - Sunday, December 22 - 9:30 am.
            Christmas Eve Service - Tuesday, December 24 - 4:00 pm.
            Christmas Eve Service - Tuesday, December 24 - 10:00 pm.
            Church Office Closed - Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26
            Stuff Newsletters - Monday, December 30 - 9:00 am.
            Deadline for 2019 Offering - Tuesday, December 31 - noon

HOSPITAL VISITATION
If you or anyone you know is to be hospitalized, please notify the Church Office (368-8933).  It is our desire to minister to you and your family, however that cannot happen if  we don't receive notification.

CHECK OUT BETHANY'S FACEBOOK PAGE
Check out this year's quilt donations to NALC Disaster Response and the Lutheran World Relief.  Our quilters do a great job!  Thanks to Barb Winchester, Jean Wentz, and Gloria Goodspeed.
 
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and donations.
 
 
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SENIORS AT HOME
William Bair - 1213 Cedar St, Montoursville 17754
Herbert and Sandy Bright - 628 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Jean Fox - 2123 Robinson Rd, Apt 141, Jackson  MI  49203
Marjorie Gower - Elmcroft of Loyalsock, 2985 Four Mile Dr, Montoursville  17754
Joan Hanner, 350 Jordan Ave., Montoursville 17754
Virginia Laudig - 1119 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Helen Leidhecker - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Sandra Long - Muncy Skilled Nursing, 215 E Water St, Muncy  17756
Thomas Long - 163 Charles Dr, Montoursville
Roxie Lundy - 410 Arch St, Montoursville
Eleanor Mellish - 1246 Deerfield Dr, Williamsport  17701
Tessie Moss - 12 Lutheran Home Dr, Personal Care 220, Telford  PA  18969
Francis Poeth - 1900 Ravine Rd, Apt 1226, Williamsport  17701
Betty Rosencrans - The Meadows, Room 404, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
Hilary Schmouder - The Meadows Room 111, 2160 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville  17754
Eleanor Shaheen, 515 Rt 405, Hughesville  17737
Richard (Fred) Shultz - 1275 Broad St, Montoursville  17754
Darla Starr - Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd, Montoursville
Joan Swartz - 500 Pelham Dr, Waynesboro  VA  22980
Cella Taylor - Aristia Care, 1445 Sycamore Rd, Montoursville  17754

HOMEBOUND COMMUNION
Home Bound Communion is always available to our shut-ins.  If you desire to have Communion, please call the Church Office (368-8933).

PASTOR'S DISCRETIONARY FUND
Donations to replenish Pastor's Discretionary would be greatly appreciated.  Please make your check out to Bethany Lutheran Church, but mark the memo line: "Pastor's Fund."  Thank you. 

BACKPACK BREAKFAST EVENTS
Needed: Oatmeal (1-2 oz. packets); Cream of Wheat (1-2 oz. packets); Boxed Cereal (Individual, 1.5-2 oz); Multigrain Bars; Breakfast Bars; Pop Tarts; Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (1.76 oz.); Cereal Bars (individually packaged).  Thanks for the great response for this project. Pick-up date is November 14.

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE
Equipment is available to borrow during recovering from surgery and for the elderly.  We have walkers, canes, equipment for the bathtub and commode.  If you have a need, talk to the staff.
 
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
During this time of harvest and as we grow closer to the Holidays, one way to show love, caring, and comfort to those in need is to buy at least one item every time you are in a store to donate to the food pantry.  Such a simple act will become a huge answer to someone's prayer that day!
 
Items needed: snacks (all healthy), canned vegetables, pasta (all types), tomato sauce, cake mixes, potato and rice boxes, canned meats, Ramen noodles, cookie mixes, tea,  peanut butter, hot chocolate, coffee, cereal, soup, oatmeal, jelly, juices, ketchup, mustard, Pop-Tarts, flour.  Thank you so much for all your contributions (food and financially) to the Food Pantry.

SHEPHERD OF THE STREETS
Shepherd of the Streets is a Christian ministry with the emphasis on medical issues that abruptly invade people's lives.  They not only help with payments for medicine, supplies, and transportation, but they help with a person's ability to cope with immediate and long-term inflictions.  Your support for this very vital ministry helps keep matters from getting worse, and/or assists in the healing or dying process.
Thank you for your donation of hygiene items, baby needs, and/or bedding.  Almost every person who comes through their doors is blessed by one or more of the hygiene items you send.  Items needed:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, women's hygiene products, towels/wash cloths, bedding, blankets, tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, deodorant, combs, baby diapers, baby shampoo, baby oil, baby Q-tips, baby wipes, baby powder.

BIBLES FOR PRISON
Bibles for Prison are needed.  The Lycoming County Prison Chaplain reports that the number of inmates attending Bible study continues to grow, and requests for Bibles has increased.  Donations to help buy Bibles would be appreciated.  Please mark your check "Bibles." Thank you.

LINUS BLANKETS
We are still sharing our knitting, crocheting, and quilting gifts with others by making blankets of all sizes (baby, children, adult) for those with cancer or going thru traumatic experiences at hospitals.  Please bring to the Church Office.

YOKEFELLOW PRISON MINISTRY
Yokefellow Prison Ministry is in need of volunteers.  Would you consider being a part 
of the ministry along with us?   Please contact the Yokefellow Office (570 326-6868) if you would be interested in this most rewarding ministry.
 
SEWING MACHINES AVAILABLE
The Quilting Room has several old sewing machines, some in cabinets, looking for good homes.  They haven't been used in a long time, so will need servicing.  If interested, contact Barb Winchester (570-244-6681).

MEMORIALS
Contributions to our Memorial Fund is a way of remembering those who have passed away or in honor of those who are still living.   Monies can be donated to the Memorial Fund or to Pastor's Discretionary Fund.